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Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Longhorn Calves at Fort Griffin

By Will Cradduck, State of Texas Longhorn Herd Manager at Fort Griffin

Springtime is here and along with it come new baby calves! Fort Griffin State Historic Site announces its latest additions to the State of Texas Longhorn Herd. These calves represent the newest generation of a historic herd of longhorn cattle based at Fort Griffin since the 1940s. New calves are being born all the time, and they sure are cute.
Just watching them is lots of fun. They are just like little children, running and playing and getting into all sorts of stuff. They keep their mothers mighty nervous with how curious they are about investigating everything they see.
It’s interesting to see the mothers with new babies all grazing separately from the main herd. They have firmly established a type of new mothers club and keep their babies separate from everyone else. Maybe it’s just because it is easier to keep track of “Junior” in a small group, or maybe the calves just like playing with their buddies, and “Mother” just has to go along with it.
These calves are the product of one of the best historically preserved longhorn herds in the state, and are sired by bulls on loan from the Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry (CTLR). Like the State of Texas Longhorn Herd, the CTLR strives for historically correct and genetically pure Texas Longhorns. Many of these calves will become part of the permanent herd as they grow up, and will be at Fort Griffin for visitors to see for many years to come.
Right now, all the new babies are at the lease property remote from Fort Griffin, but we have five young cows at the Fort that will have babies soon, and plenty of big steers to see! Y’all come see us!

**The Fort Griffin State Historic Site is located 15 miles north of Albany on U.S. Hwy 283 in the Texas Forts Trail Region.

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